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The Who – February 27, 2016 (saturday) at Joe Louis Arena.
UPCOMING CONCERTS – some of the big ones. To see a lot more, click → Combined Venues List of Concerts in Metro Detroit and Michigan (dates, performers subject to change without notice)Detroit Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert – November 29, 2015 at Sound Board.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – December 6, 2015 at Van Andel Arena.
Fall Out Boy – December 8, 2015 at The Fillmore Detroit.
Ciara – December 10, 2015 at Saint Andrews Hall.
Jill Scott, New Edition, Babyface – December 12 at Joe Louis Arena.
Kenny G – December 16, 2015 at Sound Board.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas – December 18, 2015 at Fox Theatre, Detroit.
Sublime with guests – December 19, 2015 at The Fillmore Detroit.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) – December 20, 2015 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
NE-YO – January 2, 2016 (saturday) at Fox Theatre, Detroit.
Three Dog Night – January 22, 2016 at Andiamo Showroom.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – February 2, 2016 at Fox Theatre, Detroit.
Janet Jackson – February 5, 2016 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Black Sabbath featuring Ozzy Osbourne – February 19, 2016 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Blake Shelton – February 20, 2016 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Dick Wagner
Remember the ChildMemorial Concert – February 20, 2016 at The Fillmore Detroit. details + tickets
The Who – February 27, 2016 at Joe Louis Arena.
Boyz II Men – March 17, 2016 (thursday) at Sound Board.
Carrie Underwood – March 22, 2016 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Iron Maiden – April 5, 2016 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Justin Bieber – April 25, 2016 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – April 29, 2016 at Fox Theatre, Detroit.
Dixie Chicks – June 4, 2016 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Selena Gomez – June 24, 2016 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Journey and The Doobie Brothers – August 4, 2016 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Black Sabbath featuring Ozzy Osbourne – August 31, 2016 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
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Music Festivals Events in Michigan 2015 2016
January 8-9, 2016 (fri-sat) Anti-Freeze Blues Festival – at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI (1 mile north of Detroit). www.themagicbag.com – annual event, part of proceeds benefits the Detroit Blues Society.
January 21-23, 2016 (thu-sat) Annual Michigan Music Conference (MMC) – in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). www.michiganmusicconference.org – held at DeVos Place, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, and J.W. Marriott. Purpose of the conference is to provide an annual in-service opportunity for the professional development of Michigan music educators and to serve as a coordinating body for collaborative, inter-association initiatives in support of school music in Michigan.
TBA 2016 Ferndale Blues & Music Festival – in Ferndale, MI (just north of Detroit). www.ferndalebluesfestival.org – annual festival averages about 60 concerts over nine days at over 20 venues throughout downtown Ferndale. proceeds go to local charities.
January 29-30, 2016 (fri-sat) Ann Arbor Folk Festival – at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI. theark.org – The Ark's largest annual fundraising event features traditional and contemporary artists. Each night will feature the opportunity to hear popular artists and discover new talent.
February 3-7, 2016 (tue-sun) Sphinx Competition and Finals Concert – in Detroit. www.sphinxmusic.org – annual event “offers young Black and Latino classical string players a chance to compete under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges and to perform with established professional musicians in a competition setting.”
February 5-6, 2016 (fri-sat) Cooper's Glen Music Festival – in Kalamazoo, MI (West Michigan) at The Radisson Hotel. www.greatlakesacoustic.org – annual event presented by GLAMA (Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association) features grassroots and acoustic performers, plus workshops and family activities.
February 15, 2016 (mon) Microbrew & Music Festival - Winter – in Travers City, MI. microbrewandmusic.com – annual event features lots of musicians, breweries and craft brew flavors, food vendors.
February 20, 2016 (sat) The Dick Wagner
TBA 2016 Dilla Day Detroit (Jay Dee Tribute) – in Detroit. facebook
March 3-6, 2016 (thu-sun) Hamtramck Music Festival in Hamtramck, MI (inside Detroit). hamtramckmusicfestival.com + facebook – approx 140 music acts perform at 15 venues, most within walking distance of each other. This annual event goes back to the original vibe and feel of the Metro Times Blowout. It's a bar hoppin', venue hoppin', local live music good time!
March 4-5, 2016 (fri-sat) 2016 Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival – in Kalamazoo, MI. www.fretboardfestival.com + facebook – “Free event invites visitors to meet instrument designers, learn about their trade, attend workshops for a variety of stringed instruments, and hear live performances from area musicians.”
March 5, 2016 (sat) William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition - Strings – in Flint, MI. www.byrdartists.com – “Young artists from throughout the world compete for a grand prize of $6,000 plus an opportunity to perform with the Flint Symphony Orchestra. each year features a different category.”
TBA 2016 (wed-sat) Berserker music fest at The Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI. berserkerdetroit.com + facebook – “4 day event presented by The Loving Touch & Woodward Avenue Brewers. 50 bands from Detroit and beyond. Fast/heavy/extreme/weird music.”
TBA 2016 (fri-sat) WO-Stock Music Festival – in Holland, MI (Western Michigan). wostock.com + facebook + facebook 2 – Annual event put on by West Ottawa High School students to raise money to ship computers, medical supplies, clothing, etc. to Cameroon, Africa.
TBA 2016 (fri-sat) Tilted Axes: Detroit –
TBA 2016 (sat) Jake's Music Festival – annual benefit concert in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). www.jakesmusicfestival.com – held at the Wealthy Theatre, annual event is a benefit concert for the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Show is Free, Donations to JDRF will be accepted, plus there is a silent auction.
April 16, 2016 (sat) Record Store Day 2016 www.recordstoreday.com – a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned real, live, physical, indie record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally. Annual celebration, 3rd Saturday every April. Locally, check out and visit Michigan Record Stores
TBA 2016 (fri-sat) Microbrew & Music Festival - Lansing, MI microbrewandmusic.com – “features over 75 musicians, over 45 breweries and over 200 craft brew flavors, local food vendors.”
TBA 2016 Review Music Awards Ceremony & Celebration – in Bay City (East/Mid Michigan). www.newreviewsite.com + facebook – annual musical event that honors Great Lakes Bay musicians in over 70 categories of music and genres, as selected and voted upon by registered voters of Review Magazine.
April 28-30, 2016 (thu-sat) North American International Banjo Convention NAIBC – at the Doubletree Hotel in Dearborn, MI. www.naibc.org
TBA 2016 (sat) Foxfest – at the The Tangent Gallery in Detroit. Music and Art Festival that features rock and acoustic women musicians and benefits local women's shelters. It is open to both women and men to attend and perform. facebook
April 29, 2016 (fri) Detroit Music Awards – in Detroit at The Fillmore Detroit. www.detroitmusicawards.net + facebook – public event, VIP RSVP's available. It's a big time annual Awards Ceremony & Show put on by the Detroit Music Awards Foundation (DMAF). This night is all about meeting, congratulating, and celebrating our incredibly talented local musicians in grand style! A glorious night of award presentations and live performances, our Local Grammys.
April 29 – May 14, 2016 Gilmore Keyboard Festival – in west Michigan. www.gilmorekeyboardfestival.org – held every other year. “The Gilmore's festival presents two weeks of astonishing keyboard performances across West Michigan, a festival that celebrates the joy and power of music in concerts, recitals, chamber music performances, lectures, master classes, and film.”
May 28-30, 2016 (sat-mon) Movement - Electronic Music Festival – in Detroit at Hart Plaza. movement.us + facebook – annual event on Memorial Day weekend features mostly EDM (electronic dance music) on multiple stages.
June 2-5, 2016 (thu-sun) Michigan Classic – annual swing dance competitions and social dancing in Dearborn, MI. www.michiganclassic.com
TBA 2016 (thu-sat) Fuzz Fest – at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. facebook – “3 nights, two stages 11 bands each night. A celebration of Michigan Rock 'N' Roll music in all it's various forms.”
TBA 2016 (fri-sun) Noreast'r Music & Art Festival – in Mio, MI (southeast of Gaylord). noreastr.net + facebook – annual, “three straight days of eclectic music and art, food, dancing, camping, jamming, drumming, and some of the greatest parkin’ lot pickin’ in the state. Three stages host continuous music morning to night.”
June 9-12, 2016 (thu-sun) Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival – in Frankenmuth, MI (Mid Michigan). bavarianfestival.org – Bavarian style music, food, and beer. Bavarian music is played by authentically dressed German bands, also enjoy a Bavarian Parade, midway with rides and games, more.”
TBA 2016 (fri-sun) Music at Flat Rock Summer Blast – at Huroc Park in Flat Rock, MI (south of Detroit). flatrockriverfest.com – many music acts plus a carnival, fireworks, more.
TBA 2016 Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival – two weeks of concerts in Metro Detroit. www.greatlakeschambermusic.com – “Each June, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival brings a contingent of the world’s finest chamber musicians to metro Detroit for two weeks of performances in spectacular downtown and suburban venues.”
June 17-19, 2016 (fri-sun) Motor City Irish Fest (MCIF) – in Redford Township, MI (just west of Detroit). motorcityirishfest.com + facebook – Bands, Irish Dance groups, Pipe and drum bands, BBQ and Irish food, much more. Held at Western Graham Field on Beech Daly Rd (south of 5 Mile) adjacent to St. Valentines.
June 18, 2016 (sat) Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival – in Brethren, MI (northwest lower peninsula). www.spiritofthewoods.org/festival.html – 38th Annual in 2015.
TBA 2016 (fri-sun) Music at Belleville National Strawberry Festival – in Belleville, MI (west of Detroit). www.nationalstrawberryfest.com – annual event. 3 stages of live entertainment, a variety of local bands and artists, plus
TBA 2016 (sat) Alpena Blues Festival – in Alpena, MI (northeast lower peninsula). www.alpenablues.com + facebook – annual, held at the Alpena County Fairgrounds. “Keeping the Blues Alive and Helping Stamp Out Hunger with The Blues”
June 23-26, 2016 (thu-sun) Electric Forest Festival – in Rothbury, MI, at the Double JJ Ranch (western Michigan). www.electricforestfestival.com + facebook – Four day outdoor music festival, about 90 local and national music acts, many music genres. camping available.
TBA 2016 (fri-sun) Stars and Stripes Festival – at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, MI. starsandstripesfest.com + facebook – FREE admission. Music Performances by national and local bands, over 75 performances, four stages. Plus there's art, fireworks and more.
TBA 2016 (thu-sun) St. Stan's A.C. Polish Festival – in Bay City, MI (East/Mid Michigan). facebook. – Enjoy Polish Music (live bands) at
TBA 2016 (fri-sat) JuneGrass Bluegrass Music Festival – in Lowell, MI (West Michigan). www.wmbma.org – Presented by the West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association. Band Scramble, Workshops, 50/50 Drawings, bake sale, silent auction, plenty of jamming, camping available.
July 2-9, 2016 (sat-sat) Music at National Cherry Festival – in Traverse City, MI (northwest lower peninsula). www.cherryfestival.org – features performances by nationally known headliners.
July 3-4, 2015 (fri-sat) Muskegon Rockstock – at Heritage Landing in Muskegon, MI (western Michigan). www.muskegonrockstock.com + facebook – annual huge party complete with live music, food and drinks.
July 4 + 9-12, 2015 Concert of Colors – Annual Diversity Festival in Detroit. www.concertofcolors.com + arabamericanmuseum.org – “It’s a free celebration of the many ethnicities and cultures represented by the people of southeast Michigan and the indigenous music of Detroit.”
TBA 2016 (tue-sun) Common Ground Music Festival – in Lansing, MI. www.commongroundfest.com – annual event features national musical performers on two main stages each night. Headline shows will spotlight numerous contemporary musical formats including Country, Classic Rock, New Rock and R&B. A variety of local, regional and other national performers on other stages provide non-stop music throughout the Festival.
July 8-11, 2015 (wed-sat) Music at River Raisin Festival – in Blissfield, MI. www.blissfield.net annual event.
July 9-12, 2015 (thu-sun) Uncle Sam Jam – in Woodhaven, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit). unclesamjamfest.com + facebook – annual event at Civic Center Park. 2015 features Carnival Rides and Games, Monster Truck Rides, Camel Rides and petting zoo, Banana Derby, Firework Display, and FREE concerts all weekend long headlined by Bret Michaels.
July 9-11, 2015 (thu-sat) Kalamazoo Blues Festival (KBF) – in Kalamazoo (West Michigan). www.kvba.org/?page_id=206 + facebook – annual event put on by the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association (KVBA), held at the Arcadia Festival Site. 20+ acts, national and regional talent.
July 10-11, 2015 (fri-sat) Michigan Elvisfest – in Ypsilanti, MI. www.mielvisfest.org + facebook – annual event. “One of The Largest Elvisfest Concerts in North America! This not a contest but a true concert with spectacular performances, from the first act to the last act, by the best professional Elvis Tribute Artists in North America.” includes local.
July 10-12, 2015 (fri-sun) American Polish Festival & Craft Show – in Sterling Heights, MI (north of Detroit). www.americanpolishfestival.com – annual, three days of Live Music and Dancing, Polish Cuisine and American favorites, Craft show, Polish Pub, Annual Pierogi-Eating Contest, Vegas Room and Kid's Games. Held on the grounds of the American-Polish Century Club located at 33204 Maple Lane, Sterling Heights, MI 48312.
July 10-12, 2015 (fri-sun) Blissfest – in Harbor Springs, MI (northwest tip of lower peninsula). www.blissfest.org – annual celebration of music, culture, art and community featuring a world of diverse and innovative folk and roots music and dance. All ages event is a showcase of the many musical styles that define American roots and world music, plus a juried arts and crafts show.
July 11, 2015 (sat) Backpack Music Festival – on Belle Isle, Detroit. www.backpackmusicfestival.net + facebook – annual fundraiser for Detroit area children in need of school supplies. Event features Detroit's Musical and Visual artistry.
July 11, 2015 (sat) Reign CD Release Party of
July 15-17, 2016 (fri-sun) Faster Horses Festival – annual country music festival and camping at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI. national and local music acts. fasterhorsesfestival.com + facebook
July 16-18, 2015 (thu-sat) Beaver Island Music Festival (BIMF) – on Beaver Island, near Charlevoix. www.beaverislandmusicfestival.com – annual festival promotes variety and tradition of all music and art. camping available.
July 17-18, 2015 (fri-sat) Crash Detroit - Festival of Street Bands and Art – at various locations in Detroit. Music and art festival features lots of brass bands, marching bands and street art. crashdetroit.org
July 17-19, 2015 (fri-sun) Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival – in Marquette, MI (U.P.). www.hiawathamusic.org – annual event “features traditional-music styles that include bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Celtic, acoustic blues and folk - including singer/songwriters - and dance. Mainstage acts include nationally known performers as well as regional and local favorites.”
TBA Music Fest 4 Vets 2016 – proceeds go to U.S. Veterans in need. MusicFest4Vets.org + facebook – annual summer music festival in Metro Detroit, a variety live entertainment showcase. In 2015, 21 bands plus specialty music acts performed in support of Veterans!
July 19, 2015 (sun) Michigan Jazz Festival – in Livonia at Schoolcraft College (west of Detroit). www.michiganjazzfestival.org + facebook – annual event features lots of great straight ahead jazz. No smooth jazz. Held on the 3rd Sunday in July.
July 20-25, 2015 (thu-sat) Marshall Bluegrass Festival – in Marshall, MI, at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. marshallbluegrassfestival.com – annual event,
TBA 2016 (thu-sat) Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair – in Sterling Heights, MI (just north of Detroit). www.sterling-heights.net + facebook – annual event features “an Arts & Crafts Fair, a variety of music including jazz, blues, folk and Top 40 entertainment, Kidzfest children’s activities and entertainment stage, a family midway, local restaurateurs, a main concert stage, evening concerts.”
July 24-25, 2015 (fri-sat) Heatstock Blues Festival – in Fostoria, MI. info at: www.nocover.net – about 14 blues artists, bands.
July 24-26, 2015 (fri-sun) Traverse City Music Festival – in Traverse City, MI. traversecitymusicfestival.com + facebook – 3-day music festival held at The Northwest Michigan Fairgrounds. 80's night, Battle of The Bands with $10K Cash prize for winning band, Country Night.
July 24-26, 2015 (fri-sun) Music at St. Clair Riverfest – in St. Clair, MI (northeast of Detroit). stclairriverfest.com – FREE admission. Annual event combines Offshore Boat Racing with National Recording artists and draws over 100,000 visitors annually.
July 25-26, 2015 (sat-sun) Mo Pop Festival – at West Riverfront Park in Detroit. mopopfestivaldetroit.com + facebook – Outdoor event featuring approx 25 bands. Plus a Biergarten with beer and drinks, food trucks, craft bazaar, and interesting technology (Mo Tech).
TBA Crispy Music Fest – in Saginaw, MI. facebook
TBA The Hustle Load Music Festival – in Flint, MI. facebook
July 30 – August 2, 2015 (thu-sun) Woodtick Music Festival – in the U.P. www.woodtickfestival.com – annual “Woodtick Music Festival is a home-grown, Upper Peninsula style shindig featuring a variety of regional and not so regional bands who all have one thing in common .... they're damn good!”
July 31, 2015 (fri) Detroit Jazz Festival National Guitar Competition Finals at Cliff Bell's Jazz Club in Detroit. $10 cover. Grand-prize winner receives $2,000 and a slot to perform with the Detroit Jazz Festival All-Stars at this year’s Labor Day weekend Festival. www.cliffbells.com
July 31 – August 1, 2015 (fri-sat) The East Ports Blues Festival – in Port Sanilac, MI. portsanilac.net/...blues-festival + facebook – features American Blues Music, beer tent, car show, vintage boat show, 5K race, BBQ, more.
August 6-9, 2015 (thu-sun) Farmfest – in Johannesburg (northern lower peninsula). www.farm-fest.com – Annual traditional music festival featuring “folk-spirited acts, from traditional folk and bluegrass to modern reggae and folk-flavored rock'n'roll. Farmfest is a four-day Mooosical Magical happening. It's a musician's playground, so if you like to jam bring your instruments. Main stage music begins on Friday. Drum Kiva, Fire Circle Jams, Dance Pavilion Events, Feedbag Café and Pub, Parkin' Lot Pickin', Candle Light Labyrinth Walk, Second Stage Open Mic, Kids-Kids-Kids Stuff!, Workshops, more.”
August 6-9, 2015 (thu-sun) River Raisin Jazz Festival – in Monroe (lower Southeast MI). facebook + www.monroeinfo.com – annual, at St. Marys Park in Downtown Monroe. “Award Winning River Raisin Jazz Festival is one of the Great Lakes Region's largest & best FREE Jazz festivals. With more than 50,00 visitors in attendance each year from around the state and across the nation. We have hosted the BIGGEST names in Jazz plus local jazz artists.”
August 7-8, 2015 (fri-sat) CowPie Music Festival – in Caledonia, MI. southeast of Grand Rapids. www.cowpiemusicfestival.com + facebook – lots of bands and musicians, multiple music genres, plus campsites, vendors, 5K Cowpie Stampede Run, more.
August 7-9, 2015 (fri-sun) Great Lakes Folk Festival (GLFF) – in East Lansing, MI. www.greatlakesfolkfest.net – annual, “GLFF offers a one-of-a-kind mix of music and dance stages, demonstrations of traditional arts and storytelling, authentic ethnic food, an arts marketplace, and many special activities for kids and their companions.”
August 7-9, 2015 (fri-sun) Music at Milford Memories Summer Festival – in Milford, MI (northwest of Detroit). www.milfordmemories.com – live music entertainment a variety of events and activities, annual festival has over 200,000 attendees.
August 8, 2015 (sat) Memphis Blues Festival Michigan – in Memphis, MI (northeast of Detroit, a little southwest of Port Huron). Annual, Free Admission, approximately 12 blues performers. facebook
August 11-13 & August 18-20, 2016 (thu-sat) Frankenmuth Summer Music Fest – in Frankenmuth (Mid-MI). www.frankenmuth.org/festivals + facebook – annual event, two weekends, 6 days of music events featuring about 14 of the nations top polka bands.
August 14-23, 2015 Cheeseburger in Caseville – (Caseville is in Michigan's thumb). www.cheeseburgerincasevillefest.com + www.casevillechamber.net/ + facebook – annual 10 days festival celebrates the lifestyle and music made popular by Jimmy Buffett. Carnival, Parade of Tropical Fools, Caribbean Street Dance, Live Entertainment, Vintage Motorcycle Show, Classic Car Show, Craft Show, Texas Hold'em Tournament, Golf Scramble, Beautiful Baby Contest, Lots of Cheeseburgers, more.
August 14-16, 2015 (fri-sun) Grand Marais Music and Arts Festival – in the U.P. (upper peninsula). grandmaraismichigan.com + facebook – three days of music, food, crafts, and fun in Grand Marais. Annual event with Bluegrass, Blues, Classic Rock, Americana, Rockabilly, Jazz/Rock, Acoustic, more. on-site camping available.
August 14-16, 2015 (fri-sun) Hoxeyville Music Festival – in Wellston, MI. www.hoxeyville.com + facebook – This year marks Hoxeyville's 11th anniversary, set on 85+ acres of pristine farmland and surrounded by natural hardwoods within the Manistee National Forest. Bluegrass and roots music, two stages featuring national touring artists and Michigan talent.
August 16, 2015 (sun) Audra Kubat – at Detroit Institute of Arts. www.audrakubatmusic.com
August 18-20, 2016 (thu-sat) Square Dance Convention – at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Detroit-Dearborn in Detroit. annual. www.squaredance-michigan.com/convention
August 21-22, 2015 (fri-sat) Microbrew & Music Festival - Summer – in Traverse City, MI (northwest Michigan). microbrewandmusic.com – “Each Microbrew & Music Festival features lots of musicians, many breweries and craft brew flavors, food vendors.”
August 21-23, 2015 (fri-sun) Music at Ypsilanti Heritage Festival – at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti, MI (west of Detroit). www.ypsilantiheritagefestival.com + facebook – Free Admission, Around 24 bands, 4 stages. Also has Beer Garden, Casino Gambling, Children's Village, arts and crafts, food, more.
August 22, 2015 (sat) Great Lakes Gathering - Irish Festival – at First Merit Bank Event Park in Saginaw, MI, across the street from the Dow Event Center. www.greatlakesgathering.com – an all encompassing Irish music and cultural festival that showcases not only local & regional performers, but also those touring nationally and internationally. Also included in this year's event will be dancers, storytellers, workshops in music, dance and Irish Language. Plus Irish vendors, food vendors, beer
August 22, 2015 Roots Music on Harsens Island – in east Michigan. Bands, barbecue, fish fry, art, crafts and organic goods. Traveling to Harsens Island also requires a paid ferry ride. facebook
August 22-23, 2015 (sat-sun) Music at Hazel Park Art Fair – in Hazel Park, MI. www.hazelparkartfair.com – 18 music artists, plus visual art/artisans. Free admission.
August 26, 2015 (wed) Julianne Ankley
August 27-30, 2015 (thu-sun) Midland Folk Music Festival – in Midland, MI (Mid Michigan). www.folkmusicsociety.org/p/folk-festival.html
August 27-29, 2015 (thu-sat) Kalamazoo Island Festival – at Growlers Baseball Field, Mayor Riverfront Park in Kalamazoo (West MI). www.islandfestkalamazoo.com + facebook – annual, Reggae music includes “international, national, regional, and local talent and is the largest celebration of the Caribbean culture in Michigan.”
August 28-30, 2015 (fri-sun) Blues By The Bay – in East Tawas, MI (East Michigan). bluesbythebaytawas.org – annual three day blues festival presented by the Tawas Bay Blues Society (TBBS). Performer Line-Up on website, $20 for all three days.
August 28-30, 2015 (fri-sun) Porcupine Mountains Music Festival – in the U.P. (upper peninsula). www.porkiesfestival.org + facebook – annual, held in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Annual festival features “folk, blues, bluegrass and contemporary music from top-class nationally touring artists as well as up and coming Michigan artists. Over 30 artists, outdoor stages.”
August 28-30, 2015 (fri-sun) Sun Dried Music Festival – in Mason, MI (near Lansing). www.masondda.com/Sun-Dried.html + facebook – annual, free Admission, showcases a variety of musical performances ranging from rock, jazz, blues, latin jazz, salsa, and country.
September 2-5, 2016 (fri-mon) Arts, Beats & Eats Festival (Ford Arts, Beats & Eats) – in Royal Oak, MI (just north of Detroit). www.artsbeatseats.com + facebook – “Oakland County's Favorite Summer Festival Celebrating Art, Music, Cuisine and Humanity. The festival will offer more than 200 performances on ten stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, local restaurants, plus international, regional and local attractions.” annual event.
September 4-7, 2015 (fri-mon) Detroit Jazz Festival - 35th Annual – at Hart Plaza, Downtown Detroit Riverfront. www.detroitjazzfest.com – Free Admission, several stages, features Jazz & crossover music.
September 4-6, 2015 (fri-sun) Marquette Area Blues Fest – in Marquette, MI (U.P., upper peninsula). marquetteareabluessociety.org/ – Marquette Area Blues Society (MABS) Annual Blues Festival in the Upper Peninsula includes main performances, music workshops, dance workshops, festival after party.
September 5, 2015 (sat) Thumbfest – in Lexington (in Michigan's Thumb). www.bluewaterfolksociety.org + facebook – annual, “FREE all-day music festival for the entire family with music stages spread throughout downtown Lexington. Thumbfest spotlights acoustic music from traditions as diverse as New Orleans brass to Celtic, PanWorld to blues, Eastern European to Americana. There are multiple stages, workshops, jam sites, dance hall, song circles, children's stage area, crafts and a Hootenanny at the end of the night. Be sure to bring your instrument, lawn chairs AND your singing voice so you can participate in the events.”
September 11, 2015 (fri) Rockin' For A Match – at Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield, MI (northeast of Detroit). $5 donation at door. Bone marrow drive and awareness, and helps to get bone marrow registration kits. www.rockinforamatch.org + facebook
September 11-12, 2015 (fri-sat) Brighton's Smokin' Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival – in Brighton, MI (northwest of Detroit). www.brightoncoc.org/ + facebook – annual, Free Admission. “Each year, thousands of people experience the tastiest of barbecue, the smoothest of jazz and the bluest of blues, washing it all down with ice cold beverages from the beer and wine garden!”
September 11-13, 2015 (fri-sun) Wheatland Music Festival – in Remus, MI (Mid Michigan). www.wheatlandmusic.org – annual, 160-acre festival site, juried arts and crafts show, raffle, children's activities, teen and young adult activities, instrument and dance workshops, music, food. Impromptu jam sessions can be found throughout the campgrounds all weekend long.
September 12-13, 2015 (sat-sun) Chill On The Hill - Rock Fest – at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, MI. freedomhill.net – about 21 music acts, national and local, 2015 headliner was Weezer.
September 17-20, 2015 (fri-sun) Michigan Irish Music Festival – in Muskegon (West Michigan). www.michiganirish.org + facebook – annual festival features music on 3 stages, an Irish Pub, Market vendors, cultural activities, more. tickets: daily admission or three day pass.
September 18-19, 2015 (fri-sat) Old Town BluesFest – in Lansing. Annual Free blues festival with national, regional, and local acts. facebook
September 18-19, 2015 (fri-sat) FallFest Camp & Jam (Bluegrass) – in Lowell, MI (west Michigan). www.wmbma.org
September 18-20, 2015 (fri-sun) Music at Flat Rock Riverfest – at Huroc Park in Flat Rock, MI (south of Detroit). flatrockriverfest.com + facebook + www.flatrockmi.org – many music acts plus monster trucks, fireworks, beer tent, more.
September 19, 2015 (sat) Detroit Rockin' Hot Fest Concert for Veterans at Gibraltar Trade Center in Mount Clemens, MI. www.detroitrockinhotfest.com – proceeds go to local veteran non-profits. Approx 7 bands/music artists, food cook-off, pin-up girl contest, veteran resources, employers hiring veterans.
September 25-26, 2015 (fri-sat) Music at Oktoberfest West Michigan – in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). www.oktoberfestwestmichigan.com – “Annual celebration of German heritage & traditions held at John Ball Park. Features German music, beers, food, more.
October 3, 2015 (sat) 30th Michigan State Championship Old-Time Fiddlers Contest – in New Boston, MI (southwest of Detroit). huronapplefest.com/fiddlers-contest – annual event. Contestants must play a waltz, a schottische, a jig and a reel in a manner suitable to Michigan old-time dancing. Contest is part of the Huron Township Applefest.
October 13-16, 2016 (thu-sun) Mackinac Island Songwriterʼs Workshop on Mackinac Island, MI. www.mackinacislandsongwritersworkshop.org – MISW is an excursion into sharpening and adding to your skills not only as a songwriter, but also the marketing/promotion of your songs (including social media), recording, and basic musical arranging knowledge you’ll need to truly bring a song to fruition and to effectively find a home and/or audience for it.
October 16-17, 2015 (fri-sat) Big Country Fest – in Frankenmuth, MI. www.bigcountryfest.com – annual, indoors. Bands, Beer, Mixed Drinks, Mechanical Bull, BBQ, Line Dancing, more.
October 21-24, 2015 (wed-sat) Edgefest 19th Annual – in Ann Arbor, MI. www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/...edgefest – annual Jazz and Creative Music festival takes place at several venues. “18th Annual Edgefest
October 24, 2015 (sat) Annual WHFR Record Show – at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, MI. www.whfr.fm/recordshow – WHFR 89.3 FM record show features wide variety of vendors selling vinyl, cds, tapes, videos, movies, music memorabilia, more. Plus there will be door prizes, give-aways and more.
October 25, 2015 (sun) Detroit Blues Final Challenge – at Callahan's Music Hall, located at 2105 South Blvd, Aurburn Hills, MI 48326. Callahan's phone 248-858-9508. Five performances, just $10 admission. Annual Detroit Blues Society competition, winners representing the Detroit Area go to the IBC (International Blues Challenge) in Memphis, TN. www.detroitbluessociety.org + atcallahans.com + IBC info
November 1, 2015 (sun) Fall Metal Fest – at Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield, MI (northeast of Detroit). Annual, approx 20 bands, ages 18+. www.dieselconcertlounge.net
November 5-8 & 12-15, 2015 Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters – in Harbor Springs (northwest tip of lower peninsula). Annual event.
November 13, 2015 (fri) Jackie Stahl and the White Russians
November 21, 2015 (sat) Echo Fest VI – at the Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI. Experimental and psychedelic music, visuals, local and regional bands, two stages. info on facebook
November 22, 2015 (sun) Nikki James
December 5, 2015 (sat) Annual Noel Night in Midtown Detroit. midtowndetroitinc.org/events/noel-night/noel-night
December 6, 2015 (sun) Rock 4 Tots - No Child Without A Christmas at Rayz in Clinton Township, MI. 8th Annual in 2015.
December 13, 2015 (sun) The Boa Constrictors Annual Toys for Tots Fundraiser – at Callahan's Music Hall in Auburn Hills, MI. Performances by The Boa Constrictors and seven other Detroit Blues Acts. theboaconstrictors.com
December 25, 2015 (friday) Christmas
CONCERT SERIES AND MUSIC SERIES throughout Michigan
Rockin' on the Riverfront Summer Concerts – Detroit, MI – Annual, Free Admission classic rock concerts at the GM Riverfront Plaza (back of GM Renaissance Center) in Downtown Detroit, a collaboration with WCSX.
Sonic Lunch - Ann Arbor, MI – annual. Bank of Ann Arbor's Sonic Lunch is a Free outdoor summer concert series at Liberty Plaza on Thursdays at lunch time from June to August.
New Center Park Concerts and Music Nights – Detroit, MI – annual. June to September. Some events are free, some charge admission.
Chene Park Jazz Series – Detroit, MI – June 11 to August 13, 2014. Rain or shine, all patrons require a ticket.
Friday Night Concert Series – Northville, MI – All Concerts are Free. annual, end of May to end of August.
White Crow Conservatory of Music Concert Series - Saginaw, MI – It also has workshops, festivals and special events throughout the year.
Manitou Music Festival (MMF) Concert Series - Leelanau County – Annual in July and August, in the Northwest Lower Peninsula. various types of music.
Ten Pound Fiddle Concert and Dance Series – Lansing, MI – contra and square dances, all are taught, callers call out the moves to a live band.
Bach Festival of Kalamazoo Concert Series – in Kalamazoo (Southwest MI). Annual, in or near April.
MAMA's Coffee House Concert Series – Bloomfield Hills, MI – Winter/Spring and Fall series. It's a nonprofit organization and a production of Michigan Acoustic Musicians Alliance (MAMA) and Birmingham Unitarian Church.
Music in the Park Summer Concert Series - Mackinac Island, MI – annual. June to August. Concerts are free, presented by the Mackinac Arts Council.
Find More Music Events in Michigan
Detroit Blues Society Youth Challenge – annual, bands/musicians must be under 21 in age. Winning act moves on to represent Detroit at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) Youth Showcase in Memphis, TN. details
Michigan Festival Schedule – continually updated list with event links, dates.
Metro Times – List of Music Events – in metro Detroit. performers, events at bars and venues. searchable.
Playing Here – Michigan – local music calendar arranged by city & venue on playinghere.com
Flint Area and Genesee County Music Events – list includes dates, descriptions, event links.
Detroit Area Blues Events – throughout the year. one continually updated page of event dates, location, artists, and contact info listed by the Detroit Blues Society (DBS). also see DBS Official Events.
U.P.Bands.com – their list of festivals includes all of the upper peninsula and northern Wisconson.
Fusicology Detroit Events – underground, house, freestyle, soul ...
Frankenmuth Festivals – in Frankenmuth (Mid-MI).
Cranbrook Music Guild – in Bloomfield Hills, MI. classical/chamber music events.
JAM NIGHTS and OPEN MIC
Jazz Events and Jams in Mid Michigan – listed by the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan (JAMM).
Open Jam Nights Facebook Page – Metro Detroit and Michigan – “Local Places where Musicians and anyone can go to and Listen or Participate in and Show their Talent or just wanna cut loose and meet new friends who love to do the same.”
Open Mic Nights – Michigan – listed on openmikes.org
Acoustic Jam Night at Coopersville Farm Museum and Event Center – First and Third Tuesday of every month, year round, for beginner and experienced alike. It has become a community gathering with upwards of 35 Michigan musicians playing at any given time, a mix of old gospel, country, bluegrass, and folk music. Cost is $4 each (kids 12 & under are free).
Submissions for Music Events in Michigan
Except for specific submission pages below, if you want to perform at events listed on this page, visit event websites for application/submission pages or to contact them directly to get details on who books their entertainment.
Music Fest 4 Vets Band Submissions – mainstream variety music. Bands donate a 45 minute showcase performance to support U.S. Veterans in need. No submission fee, annual summer event in Metro Detroit.
Arts, Beats & Eats – submissions start in February. annually has over 200 music performances on ten stages.
Stars & Stripes Festival, Uncle Sam Jam, St. Clair Riverfest, Harley Fest, Rocking on the Riverfront Concert Series, Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Opening Act slots at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre. click → Band Submission Page at FunFest Productions Inc. – starting mid-February.
WYCD Detroit Downtown Hoedown Local Band Submission - country music fest, submissions usually accepted starting in February.
Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair – submissions start in February.
Metro Times Blowout Submissions Page – Michigan bands musicians only – submissions usually accepted in February.
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